Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Team USA is awesome!

The USA-Canada game on Sunday was some of the best and most entertaining hockey that I have seen in a very long time.

Yes, that might be because I'm a Canes fan, but nevertheless, this game was excellent.

The USA managed to pull it off, winning 5-3 over the heavily favored Canadians. Martin Brodeur was the factor in this game, although not for the normal reasons. Brodeur played an absolutely horrific game, his puck-playing blunders leading directly to 3 USA goals.

USA scored the first goal in the game :41 seconds in, which set the tone for the remainder of the game - nothing like a quick goal to take the home crowd out of it.

With the win the USA earned a first-round bye into the quarterfinals, where they will have the benefit of a day off before playing Switzerland, a team they already beat 3-1 earlier in the Olympics.

Interestingly enough, Eric Staal actually played a very good game against the USA, scoring 1 goal and having one of the few positive plus/minuses on the team. Staal also had 3 assists in today's game against Germany to advance Canada into the quarters.

In bad news on the Canes front, Joni Pitkanen was suspended for one game after checking Patric Hornqvist in the head in his game against Sweden.

The Americans play the Swiss tomorrow! U-S-A! U-S-A!

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